July 3, 2010

RUNNING AFOUL OF THE KINSLEY RULE:

G.O.P. Leader Draws Criticism Anew (JEFF ZELENY, 7/03/10, NY Times)

Michael Steele, chairman of the Republican National Committee, drew fierce criticism and a call for his resignation on Friday after declaring at a party fund-raiser that the United States was on the wrong side of history with its conflict in Afghanistan, a military fight he called “a war of Obama’s choosing.”

“This is not something the United States had actively prosecuted or wanted to engage in,” Mr. Steele said in a speech Thursday night in Connecticut in which he offered a strong critique of President Obama’s military strategy.

“It was the president who was trying to be cute by half by flipping a script demonizing Iraq, while saying the battle really should be Afghanistan,” Mr. Steele said, according to a video of his remarks that was circulated by Democrats on Friday. “Well, if he’s such a student of history, has he not understood that you know that’s the one thing you don’t do, is engage in a land war in Afghanistan?”


In the first instance, it is simply true that all our wars have been wars of our choosing, unlike the existential wars that others have often faced (the Taliban regime, for instance).

But, even more to the point, President Obama has made considerable effort to distance himself from the low intensity police action that W administered and turn Afghanistan into a classic ground war, his war. Indeed, with OBL long dead and his own administration testifying that there are only 50-100 al Qaeda left in Afghanistan, it's not apparent that there is any point to his surge.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 3, 2010 12:13 PM
blog comments powered by Disqus
« A STRASMAS PRESENT FROM THE TIMES: | Main | YOU MEAN THE TAX-HIKING, SS-SAVING, AMNESTY-GRANTING, DETENTE-TALKING GIPPER?: »